Wantaway Leeds defender’s departure set to go down to the wire

Date published: Monday 26th August 2019 9:47

Laurens De Bock could be set to leave Leeds United in the coming days, according to reports.

The left-back was close to joining Aris Thessaloniki on a season-long loan with an option to buy, but reports from the Greek media suggest that the move has broken down.

That leaves De Bock in a difficult position, with head coach Marcelo Bielsa not seeing him in his plans.

He first joined the club in January 2018, but failed to impress as Leeds fell away from any contention for the play-offs as Paul Heckingbottom succeeded Thomas Christiansen in the latter half of the 2018-19 campaign.

He made seven appearances for the club, but his days immediately appeared to be numbered when Marcelo Bielsa joined that summer. The Argentine has been ruthless at Elland Road, with several players on the periphery not given much of a look-in.

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The Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Graham Smyth reports that De Bock could still be set to move to a Football League or European club before the respective transfer windows closes in the coming days.

He spent last season on loan at Dutch outfit K.V Oostende and another similar move is on the cards. The League One and Scottish deadlines for signings run until Monday 2nd December.

The Whites have managed to offload a number of surplus squad players this summer, with the likes of Caleb Ekuban, Tom Pearce, Jay-Roy Grot, Aapo Halme, Tyler Denton, Hadi Sacko and Yosuke Iduguchi going through the exit door, either on loan or on a permanent deal.

De Bock would be one of the last players that Leeds are looking to offload, but the YEP report also mentions that fellow wantaways Ousaim Bouy and Vernon Anita have made no progress with any potential transfers away.

 

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